Curriculum Rationale 2017 18
At Wellfield School, we have an overriding belief that students education from 11-16 is only part of their education and as such, all subjects we offer have progression routes into post 16 education.
We nominally split the curriculum into lower school (Years 7 and 8) and upper school (Years 9-11) where students choose their options to start in year 9. However, the focus for all subjects from year 7 onwards is the progression from their current point to where they need to be aged 16 in order to maximise their potential according to their ability.
Our students start their option subjects in year 9 giving them the time to study their chosen subjects in more depth, allowing them to develop the skills of contextualised problem solving alongside learning the increased course content evident in the new GCSEs and other courses.
During year 8, our students and their parents are given a wealth of information, guidance and support regarding their choices from year 9 and beyond including.
- Specialist subject assemblies for each option area
- Individual interviews
- Guided choices regarding the suitability of a course based on the student’s ability and aspirations
- Careers Advice, Information and Guidance.
Our curriculum offer includes a mixture of GCSEs and Vocational Qualifications, each of which have clear progression routes post 16 at our local colleges, sixth forms and further education providers. We liaise with these providers and ensure that they have a presence at our parents’ evenings to give parents additional advice and support.
Students who are at risk of permanent exclusion follow an on-site alternative curriculum in year 11 which offers them a more vocational route but still accessing the core subjects. Compared to external provision, this has proved to be very successful with all learners passing all of their examinations and one student gaining a National BTEC award.
We extend the school day for all of our year 11 with a structured ‘Get Exam Ready’ program. These sessions are varied in nature depending on the time of year and include deepening of learning, exam practice and subject specific study skills.
The list of subjects shown here will take you to a brief description of what is taught to pupils in all year groups. There are also some useful web links to help pupils with their learning in each subject.